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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-12206: Alison Johnstone (Lothian)

Scottish Green Party

Date lodged: 26 October 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what meetings (a) it has and (b) its agencies have had with (i) the City of Edinburgh Council and (ii) other stakeholders since October 2015 to discuss the proposals to redevelop Picardy Place; who attended, and what items were discussed.

Answered by: Derek Mackay 6 November 2017

Scottish Government officials engaged with officials from the City of Edinburgh Council and Scottish Futures Trust to discuss the St James Quarter Growth Accelerator agreement before it was signed in October 2016.

Since then a Growth Accelerator Executive Group consisting of stakeholders, including the City of Edinburgh Council, Scottish Futures Trust, and Scottish Government has been established to oversee the Growth Accelerator agreement and which has met on two occasions on 3 March 2017 and 7 June 2017.

However, no discussions have been held about the detail of the proposals to redevelop Picardy Place, for which the City of Edinburgh Council is responsible, seeking the approval of the Growth Accelerator Executive Group if and when required.